Thursday, September 3, 2015

Top five fist fights

This is a copy of my e-mail to Steve and Wes from the podcast Five And Out on They make weekly top 5 lists and invite their listeners to write in their own and read some of them on the air, so this is my attempt to make that happen. This week (episode 109) they've compiled their top five fist fights on film - so here are mine.

5. Captain America: The Winter Solider - Cap vs Batroc (Georges St-Pierre)

OK so this may not be one of the greatest fights ever put to film, but it speaks to me personally, because I grew up in Quebec learning Quebec French. Hearing it spoken in a Marvel Universe movie by my favourite MMA fighter in a pretty kickass fight scene with Captain America? Fuckin right là.

4. Daredevil (Netflix): Hallway fight

It's like Takashi Miike himself made it. Long tracking shots are my hot fudge sundae.

3. Warrior (2011): Brendan Conlon vs Koba

This is my favourite sports movie, and I prefer this scene to the final fight because I'm all about the underdogs, and because that arm dislocation bit would never happen IRL.

Spoiler alert

2. The Raid 2: Warehouse fight

Deciding which is the best fight scene in The Raid 2 is like trying to decide who has the nicest boobs at the Miss Universe pageant. I settled on this one but I would just as enthusiastically fondle all of them.

1. Banshee - 'Lucas Hood' vs Zachariah Sanchez

If you haven't seen Banshee and you like action movies, you need to correct this immediately. Almost every episode has an excellently filmed hand-to-hand combat scene, and just about everything else about the show is damn good too. Also boobs! I am baffled as to why it's not one of the most popular shows on TV...oh right because it's on Cinemax. This is one of the best parts of the first season and the best TV fistfight I can think of. There are other scenes from it that I could have just as easily put here but this particular one is the most memorable to me.

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